Information on Plastic

CODE TYPE NAME DESCRIPTION SOME EXAMPLES
PETE polyethylene terephthalate usually clear or green, sinks in water, rigid, glossy soda bottles, peanut butter jars, vegetable oil bottles
HDPE high density polyethylene semi-rigid, sinks in water milk and water jugs, juice and bleach bottles
PVC polyvinyl chloride semi-rigid, glossy, sinks in water detergent / cleanser bottles, pipes
LDPE low density polyethylene flexible, not crinkly 6-pack rings, bread bags, sandwich bags
PP polypropylene semi-rigid, low gloss margarine tubs, straws, screw-on lids
PS polystyrene often brittle, glossy styrofoam, packing peanuts, egg-cartons, foam cups
Other multi-layer plastics squeezable ketchup and syrup bottles

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